Blessings. Busyness. Those two words summarize the last few weeks. I am thankful for it all.
I’ve had to choose to look at the blessings and not be overwhelmed with the busyness.
Sometimes it was challenging when tiredness clouded my mind and slowed my weary body.
Here are some of those blessings:
We hosted our missionary friends Gary and Judy Woods, whom we visited in Tanzania Africa in 2011. It was great to re-connect, remember our trip, and laugh with old friends to hear what God is doing in east Africa. Click here to see a video of our trip.
Over Labor Day weekend our immediate family got together. Since our son’s family lives in TX we enjoyed the family time by celebrating my husband’s birthday a little early. Our time had lots of laughter, sharing family memories plus some hard work in the heat doing some landscaping. Also, our daughter was honored with a baby shower. The weekend was a great time to celebrate my husband birthday and daughter’s upcoming birth of a son. And having some grandparent time was pretty special.
Blessings continued with starting a new women’s study and having several new gals in attendance. The fellowship was sweet and encouraging. I look forward to this group every Wednesday night.
My dear husband celebrated a *significant* birthday. He spoke at the morning assembly at the Ecclesia college where he teaches. What a blessing it was to hear and see him proclaim God’s word, doing what God created him to do. He was surprised with birthday cake afterwards.
The rest of the day featured more birthday cake from an afternoon Bible study of senior saints. This study is special because it is called the “Metallic Study,” which means that to attend you must have silver in your hair, gold in your teeth, or lead in your seat. They are a fun group! It was a great day for chocolate and teaching the Word of God.
That night there was a surprise birthday party at a local restaurant. It was was success because he didn’t know about it. The GPS surprised us by sending us the wrong way. It was great to celebrate with friends. I hope it made crossing the threshold into a new decade a little easier.
The blessings continued. On the following Saturday there was a women’s event at my church with the theme “Taste and See that the Lord is Good.” The planning team did a wonderful job of working together to create a morning full of fellowship to awaken our senses to the Lord.
That night we attended a concert on the “God of All Glory” tour. Wow! These artists–Twila Paris, Steve Green, Wayne Watson, and Larnelle Harris–have impacted my heart as a believer and musician for decades. The evening was full of blessings, including meeting the artists.
The busyness of the past weeks could have worn me down. I’m tired, but God’s grace helped me enjoy the blessings that are special gifts from above.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” James 1:17
In the midst of your busyness, can you see the blessings?